Judicial Negligence

January 21, 2010

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A Missouri Judge ruled today that it is not a crime to run over a motorcyclist three times.

On May 16, 2008, a Friday, a Springfield biker named Dwight “DJ” Parker got an early start on his weekend and went for a ride. He was 44-years-old. He did not make it to 45 because he forgot that motorcycles are cloaks of invisibility.

Parker stopped for a red light at the corner of Scenic Avenue and Battlefield Road.

A tractor-trailer rig loaded with beer and driven by a man named Dale Adney pulled up behind Parker. When the light turned green Parker paused to look right and left for red light runners. When Parker paused Adney ran over him. There were multiple witnesses.


Specifically Adney ran over Parker three times. The initial impact knocked Parker down. Then Adney ran over him with the front steering axle and both drive axles of his truck. (See photo above.)

After an investigation, Green County prosecutors concluded that Adney had acted with “criminal negligence.” Their theory was that anybody might had run over Parker once but that after the first bump a responsible driver would have immediately stopped. He had to have seen Parker when he pulled up to the light. If he had paused after the first bump he might have noticed that the motorcycle was not accelerating away from him. And, if he had only run over Parker once instead of three times, prosecutors concluded, Parker would have lived.

The truck driver was charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter and he finally went on trial this week.

Jury Not Needed

The prosecution presented the case against Adney and when they were done the defense asked the presiding judge, a local law and order advocate named Thomas Mountjoy, to dismiss the jury and directly issue a verdict of not guilty.

Mountjoy agreed that no crime had been committed.

The court issued a press release that the “finding” in the case was “…that as a matter of law the defendant’s actions were not a gross deviation from the standard of care required. Judge Mountjoy noted that there were not any Missouri cases dealing with the issue of criminal negligence in this context. With this ruling the jury was not given the case to decide and the defendant was discharged. The State does not have the right to appeal this ruling so the case is now concluded.”

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22 Responses to “Judicial Negligence”

  1. fayettenamhoe Says:

    the pavement does talk, i see one day coming, don’t ride next to me, it will hurt

  2. fayettenamhoe Says:

    and the pavement holds a secret. the cops used to beet me too, now my body is wearing me out, not the bike, my body, my bike will live longer than me, Harley dav. corp. forgot

  3. fayettenamhoe Says:

    another grease spot at the intersection

  4. fayettenamhoe Says:

    another grease spot at the intersection

  5. fayettenamhoe Says:

    wow i never knew it was a crime to run a cyclist over, i used to think it was a civic duty for the cage drivers , people go out of their way thinking we’are invisible, something to aim for—i found it easier running with out lights, nite or day, to be less of a target.

  6. sled tramp Says:

    Hose-a 1%,
    Just got home from surgery sio I may not be entirely there…but,
    Yaeh, you nailed it.Having had a couple of targets on my cut over the years, and been run off the road a few by intent cagers,pulled over and beat to snot by LE under a dead street light once,we’re just something that will never beat the public’s bullshit perception of us.And yeah,I lost brothers that were run down or off the road.
    I’m sorry about your Pagan brother.I really am.People don’t understand the void that leaves. The guy that was family, the man that was there for your club, the family he left..
    sled tramp

  7. Square Verbose Doc Says:

    Dear Hose-a 1%

    That a prosecution was attempted was a start, but that it was so lightly dismissed was a travesty.

    I’d like to be able to say that your comment is unfair, and that more people care more than you think. What I’ve read here tells me that many here have a lifetime of experiences that say otherwise. That saddens me and I hope it changes. The worst things that have ever taken place have always started when people discounted the humanity of others.

    Condolences to the family of Mr. Parker.

  8. Hose-a 1% Says:

    My condolences to the family.This is yet another example of how little a bikers life is worth to the sick minds of the establishment.
    Bikers lives are taking in many differant ways and still it means nothing to the public.Until it happens to them nothing will ever be done.Makes me sick F.T.F.AND F.T.W.
    Hose-A 1% Pagan’s M.C.

  9. Oilslick Says:

    “Judge Mountjoy noted that there were not any Missouri cases dealing with the issue of criminal negligence in this context.” This person has the nerve to call himself a Judge yet he doesn’t have the balls to set a precedent himself. He only wants to rule on something if it has already been ruled on! WTF! It’s just a copout on his sorry ass part.

    Again, the life of a biker is treated as if we are not deserving of proper or fair justice.

    Condolences to his family, friends and brothers.


  10. DirtyBruin Says:

    The idiocy and arrogance here is just mind-bending. That truck driver should NEVER DRIVE ANY POWERED VEHICLE EVER AGAIN, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

    My condolences to the family and friends of Dwight Parker.

  11. izzy wildheart Says:

    Unfuckenbelivable! Condolences to Dwight’s family and friends.

  12. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    Bikers are one of the minority groups that it’s okay for the “justice” system to discriminate against. If a trucker ran over a bicyclist or a cager and got away with it the media would lynch the trucker.

    YYZ Skinhead

  13. Rich Says:

    Hello all. Usually I come to this site to read the words of wisdom from Rebel on the issues concerning the motorcycle community and the reactions & opinions of others. Right now, though, what I just read has given me the urge to comment on this matter. The despicable actions of the truck driver/killer and the resulting sheer laziness and ignorance on the part of Judge Mountjoy are outrageous and sickening. It’s a slap in the face to those who desire a rightful justice for Dwight Parker and other bikers affected by such incidents. It’s as if the truck driver was given a free pass to kill any perceived “scumbags” on motorcycles. I pray for the family of Dwight Parker in their time of grieving. And as for Dale Adney and Judge Mountjoy, I hope for their sake that bad karma doesn’t hit them hard; because the chances of that happening to them are higher than they can imagine.

    Much regards,


  14. Bud Says:

    makes me wonder who that truck driver is related to for the judge to make that kind of blind judgement

  15. 10Guage Says:

    Still makes my blood boil man. You take care.

    Strength, Respect, Honor, Resilience,

  16. c8652 Says:

    Guess I’ll be staying the hell out of Missouri as justice there is clearly blind.


  17. One "Selfish" Bitch Says:

    This article makes me sick!!! I get super freaked when riding with my husband or by myself because I fear someone like that just not givin a shit and not paying attention.

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  19. FTF Says:

    What a piece of shit! Someone needs to run that judge over 3 times with a truck and see what is said then!

  20. Beowulf Says:

    What a stupid motherfucker. How can he not know? that’s justice for you. Last summer, here in Illinois, a woman rider was on her bike, sitting at a red light, minding her own business and some stupid fucking, dumb ass bitch hit her from behind at 50 mph, throwing her several hundred feet and killing her. She was by the way wearing a fucking helmet which according to the newspaper reports is always so damn important. Anyway, the bitch who hit her was DOING HER FUCKING NAILS, and never saw her!!! There’s a good excuse. WTF????????

  21. DOCB Says:


    Condolences to the brothers, family, and friends of Dwight “DJ” Parker


  22. pervert Says:

    Wow, did they even check the driver to see if he was “beaned up” or under the influence?

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